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Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
are hoping the first of three presidential debates tomorrow night will be a game-changer for mitt romney. right now he trails the president in every battleground state. a new quinnipiac poll out this morning shows president obama has an 18 point lead over romney among women. nbc's brian mooar joins us from washington with more on all this. brian, good morning. >> reporter: for both campaigns this first debate is filled can challenge and opportunity. as denver gets ready for tomorrow night's first presidential debate, so are the candidates. >> it'll be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. we'll get to describe our respective views. >> reporter: romney is hoping to pick up a few votes with an endorsement from football great john elway. president obama is taking the personal approach to nail down support. >> this is barack obama. >> reporter: and like romney, the president sees this debate as a chance to talk to america. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our n
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Oct 4, 2012 4:30am PDT
one is in the books and this morning president obama and mitt romney, right now they're just going their separate ways. >> the pressure was on mitt romney to perform, taking on the man even republicans describe as one of the most skilled debaters in politics. tracie potts is in denver this morning with debate highlights. >> reporter: the point of this debate was to make differences clear on lowering the debt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half. >> the way we do it is $2.50 for every cut we asked for $1 of additional revenue paid for, as i indicated earlier, by asking those of us who have done very well in this country to contribute a little bit more to reduce the deficit. >> the president insisted romney would spend $5 trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common sense and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> reporter: they clashed on wall street, whether banks should be too big to fail and medicare. >> cutting $716 million to balance obama care is in my opinion a mistake. >> i
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Oct 1, 2012 12:00am PDT
tough tale for mitt romney. why history predicts romney's polls right now give him only a narrow path of winning this election. plus, scoops and prediction chris: welcome back. history shows the power of presidential debates that catapulted kennedy from behind to ahead and onto victory. but to do that means getting a clean debate win. enough to change the polls. here's a tough pattern for mitt romney. when the polls have changed from september to october, the incumbent, not the challenger, usually is the one improving. the incumbent has seen polls go up an average of 4.6% while challengers have even only an average of 2.5% gains in october. and finally there's very low volatility or changing of minds in recent presidential races. there are only a few truly undecided voters out there. and voters tend to lock in early. specialy -- especially in recent years. if you look at elections since 1996, the polls have not moved much from mid september to election day. the average change has been about 3.7%. even when they get off the fence. a couple of problems for romney. one, the tendency of v
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
. president obama and mitt romney right now getting set for decision 2012 and their very first presidential debates. >> both candidates taking time off from their public appearances to hone in on those talking points for tomorrow's debate in denver. >> while they're ready to talk to each other, they're also focusing their message on what they want to send out to the undecided voters. >> brian mooar joins us live from washington with more on the story. good morning, brian. >> reporter: it is crunch time now. voters are actually starting to go to the polls in some of these key states. early balloting starts today in the all-important swing state of ohio and really the candidates are hoping to do two things. they're hoping to score some points on the other guy but also avoid those gotcha moments, those just subtle phrases or a sigh or weird body english that could just decide which way one voter or another is going to fall in one of those key states. well, the candidates have been preparing, preparing, preparing, getting their messages honed down to a fine edge. here is how they want tomorrow
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Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. the president will stand at the podium on the right, mitt romney at the podium on the left. this debate is separated into six 15-minute segments focusing heavily on the economy. touching down in denver this afternoon, president obama has prepared more for these debates than any sitting president in the modern era. while anticipation builds at the tightly controlled debate site mitt romney fine tuned his message in private, advisers say, relaxing with three of his sons and fueling up on a peanut butter and honey sandwich. campaigning today was left to top surrogates. >> i believe that the 21st century can be better than the 20th. >> you can do that. it's your future. go claim it. >> reporter: outside the debate hall cameras caught a brief glimpse of the candidates' motorcades. their walkthroughs inside the 1500-seat arena, kept out of view. >> two, three, four, five. >> reporter: for days advisers from both sides have been negotiating details from lighting to the angle of the podiums. the rules even address which spouse will be introduced first. mrs. romney, then mrs. obama. and a coin t
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Oct 5, 2012 3:00am PDT
, keep an eye on the twicker running below. you may see your tweet. romney went right into a call for north american energy self-sufficiently, singling out coal as an endangered species under obama. listen. >> i like coal. i want to make sure we can continue to burn clean coal. people in the coal industry feel like it's getting crushed by your policies. >> lots of bozos went in and bought the coal stocks. all the coal stocks on. this wrong take away, people! coal's hostage to chinese demand more than u.s. use. that's not the case for the users of coal. the users, people. and that's why i said romney's giving you a heads up to buy american electric power and southern company, two coal building utilities that have to spend far less retrofitting facilities under romney staffed epa. i would be a seller of the consol energies and the peabodies in the strength. i take down union pacific. it is the carrier of clean coal. i would never recommend a company on this show with bad fundamentals. but they can be justified even with this sitting president. the pure coal plays are faltering funda
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
exception right now, though, as we welcome president obama and governor romney. [ cheers and applause ] >> jim. >> gentlemen, welcome to you both. let's start, the economy, segment 1, and let's begin with jobs. what are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs? you have two minutes, each of you have two minutes to start. a coin toss has determined mr. president, you go first. >> well, thank you very much, jim, for this opportunity. i want to thank governor romney and the university of denver for your hospitality. there are a lot of points i want to make tonight, but the most important one is that 20 years ago i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. and so i just want to wish, sweetie, you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. you know, four years ago we went through the worst financial crisis since the great depression. millions of jobs were lost. the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. the financial system had
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 11:00am PDT
has the preview. >> reporter: president obama on the right and mitt romney on the left. questions about taxes and health care. the bar is high for the president and predicts romney's aggressiveness is not a fun balance. >> he has the facts. he drills you. he is tenacious. that is the difference between four years ago and this time. >> reporter: the bottom line, democrats say, is who has specifics. >> the american people at home are looking for details. i think you will see president obama continue to do that. >> reporter: nbc's latest poll puts the president three points ahead with romney gaining ground. >> voters are less likely to be hispanic and percentage of people 18 to 29-year-olds dropped. as a consequence of the po poll being slightly older, it moves to mitt romney. >> reporter: more interesting, the battle ground states. romney closing the gap in virginia and florida, but not ohio where the president is maintaining a strong lead into the debate. and despite what we found in the nbc poll, 4 in 10 americans are interested in the debates, but 60% are going to watch. tracie p
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Sep 28, 2012 5:30pm PDT
in pennsylvania this afternoon, mitt romney made this bold promise. >> you're right, they're wrong, and we'll win pennsylvania and take the white house. >> reporter: but for that to happen with polls showing him trailing the president, analysts say romney must change the trajectory of the race. in a discussion, he acknowledged this is an important opportunity. >> and i think it will give people a chance to understand where we actually stand, as opposed to where our opposition thinks we stand. and then they can make a more informed choice. >> reporter: while both candidates are practicing in private, president obama held a closed-door session this afternoon. and publicly their campaigns are showering the opponents with praise. a message from one expert outlines romney's skills as a prepared, aggressive, debater. the romney campaign is touting president obama's natural gifts and the extensive seasoning under the bright lights of the bright stage. today, in a mock debate, senator john kerry dismissed the idea that the republican nominee is an inexperienced debater, pointing to more than 20 debates.
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Oct 5, 2012 12:35am PDT
's right. romney was the big winner last night and in case you missed his performance, we boiled it down to just the best parts. here, take a look. >> big bird -- grabbed my arm -- and said -- i'm coming for -- you -- rich guy. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: i read that a lot of people were -- played drinking games last night, during the debate, where they -- they took a shot when someone said a certain word. yeah. the word for obama was "jobs." the word for romney was "medicare." and the word for jim lehrer was -- [ fragmented interjections ] [ laughter ] that's right. jim lehrer had trouble making sure the candidates stuck to the rules last night. even nfl replacement refs were like, "this guy's a disaster! [ laughter ] who hires these guys?" of course, obama and romney differed on many subjects throughout the debate. however, there was one moment where they really came together in perfect harmony. check it out. [ humming "whistle" by flo rida ] [ light laughter ] [ humming in unison ] [ humming in unison ] [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: flo rida fans. >> steve: yeah, they love
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am PDT
sides of the aisle say mitt romney did have the better performance. right now santa clara political university professor jim cottrell, i think many were surprised to see mitt romney animated, connected and passi passiona passionate. >> he seemed very polished, seemed very prepared and exuded confidence. i think in comparison to obama, he was -- obama was more hesitant and seemed like he wasn't on his game last night. i don't think he did a lot to reassure voters about the path that the country is on. >> well, a lot on the line, obviously. a very tight race right now. each candidate coming in obviously wanting to get a message across last night. what do you think, were they each successful making their point to the american public? >> well, i think romney was successful in sort of reassuring voters that he understands their problems and that he wants to create jobs. he wasn't very specific about the details of his plan in that regard. obama didn't show that passion. he didn't seem to be energetic and let romney take the tempo of the debate from him. >> we're always looking for those
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
in this country. >> reporter: president obama on defense, romney challenging his record, as both now wait to see if this exchange has any impact on voters. it had impact online. on twitter, the most tweeted event in u.s. political history. lynn? >> all right, tracie, thanks. well, post debate instant polls reveal that most voters believe mitt romney did better than president obama. a cnn orc poll finds that 67% of registered voters who watched the debate chose mr. romney as the winner while 25% picked mr. obama. a cbs news snap poll of uncommitted voters found that 46% identified mitt romney as the winner, while 22% said barack obama won. 32% declared the debate a tie. while the candidates tangled over taxes, bringing up countless statistics and figures of cuts or increases, nbc news' andrea mitchell looked into the truth behind the rhetoric of both candidates. >> let me repeat what i said. i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. that's not my plan. my plan is not to put in place any tax cut that will add to the deficit. >> reporter: romney has proposed making the bush tax cuts permanent for
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Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
's surprising. and the trend is that it is heading in a positive direction. right now mitt romney is behind in eight of the battleground states. he did really well in that debate the other night, but this is going to take that over in terms of messaging and in terms of just sentiment, in terms of those people who are undecided in those states that are now already having early balloting. laura. >> thank you, brian. we're just getting reports from the romney camp, already claiming 7.8 is not a recovery. so we'll keep our eyes on everything going on. thank you so much, brian. >>> right now we have some new details to tell you about in the sexual abuse case involving a teacher at an albany middle school. police say several new victims have already come forward. james izumizaki was arrested last week on suspicion of lewd acts with a former student. he was then found dead in his car less than a week later. in a brand new report, police now confirming his death was in fact a suicide. police also say several girls are now coming forward, claiming the sixth grade teacher molested them as well. izumi
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Sep 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
like charles and the other folks who are laying out critical columns right now. but the fact of the matter is, in the end this is about governor romney over the next four or five weeks laying that vision out for folks. you know, folks like us obsess about this stuff, david. but the general public that i speak to in new jersey and elsewhere are just beginning to really tune in to this race. so they're going to start tuning in on wednesday night. and when they do, governor romney will lay out his vision for a better and greater america, for greater opportunity, for all of our citizens, and i think that's when you're going to see this race really start to tighten and then move in governor romney's direction. >> up until now, governor, he has failed to enumerate any of the deductions that he would eliminate to make the math work on his deficit plan and his tax plan. are we going to get those details in the course of the debate? >> well, you know, david, i wish you guys were just as tough on the president. the president says he's going to create a million new manufacturing jobs. h
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00am PDT
bull market somewhere. i promise to try and find it for you just for you. right here on "mad money." i'm jim kramer and i will see you tomorrow. >>> this morning on "early today," mile high showdown. as president obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate, our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> mid-air scare. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight, and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. daredevil magician david blaine goes high voltage in his latest stunt. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a high stakes debate. all eyes turn to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race, and a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows president obama is holding on to his national lead, but not by much. 49% of likely voters favor the president while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama, which is within the survey's margin of error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over ro
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Sep 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
. that's a big hurdle right now for mitt romney. >> and what do you have coming up on "meet the press" this morning, david? >> the state of the race, governor chris christie, white house adviser david plouffe. >> david gregory, thank you very much. and, jenna, before i throw it to you, let me let you know once again we have a good crowd of soldiers here who have joined us at our location at joint headquarters here in kabul. it's okay to wave. and we're going to be talking to them and let them say hi to the folks at home later in the broadcast. for now, we'll send it back to you. >> lester, thanks. i love the fact they took the time to make signs. they make signs wherever the "today" show goes. that's wonderful to see. lester, thank you. >>> now let's head over to the news desk and craig melvin. good morning to you. >> jenna, good morning. good morning, everyone. we start with some drama in southern california where work on tearing down and rebuilding the mulholland bridge overpass had to stop temporarily saturday when an old pillar from the bridge fell onto a new section. this is all
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Oct 3, 2012 12:35am PDT
'm talking about. i feel the love. thank you, right there! oh. [ cheers and applause ] welcome, everybody. welcome. thank you for being here. welcome to "late night with jimmy fallon," everybody. here's what people are talking about. the first debate between barack obama and mitt romney is tomorrow night, and the campaigns are doing whatever they can to get ready. actually, i heard that the obama campaign is a little worried, 'cause during his flight to nevada on sunday, the president apparently watched four hours of football instead of studying. [ laughter ] although it did mark the first time all year obama's actually seen something get passed. [ audience ohs ] so, it's going to be very interesting. [ applause ] everyone's looking for some kind of sign as to who will win debate. in fact, one group of researchers are saying that presidential candidates who blink less during a debate are more likely to win the election. or as michele bachmann put it, "any way i can get back in this thing or what?" [ laughter ] hey! there you go. [ applause ] i just read about this, you guys. a new survey
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Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
they came for. what happened in that meeting. >>> and mitt romney and president obama meet face-to-face for the first time in five years. what's at stake for the candidates heading into the first presidential debate. >>> right now, let's give you a live look outside, spanning over the city of san francisco. the beautiful city by the bay. christina will be along to tell you about the traffic. this is wednesday october 3rd "today in the bay." >>> it is 4:31. i'm jon kelley. >> lots to get to, but first let's check the forecast with christina loren. >> it is the talk of the town, the very hot weather, the hot start to october. and today we are going to take the triple digits down to the 90s in the warmer cities across the bay but it's still going to be abnormally hot. the big news is san francisco yesterday, 93 degrees. we're going to talk about how hot your city was and when we're getting some cooler weather. we'll get to that forecast. first, hey, mike. >> we're tracking the bridge. i just saw flashing lights. crews starting to move those construction zones on the north side. we
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am PDT
president obama and republican challenger mitt romney. you know mitt romney is looking for a new look and, of course, the president is trying to avoid the incumbent trap of trying to appear arrogant or underprepared. a lot on the line right now. >> a big moment in the campaig because there are so many eyes on this. it's the first of three debates between these two men. it's scheduled to last 90 minutes, and with just 33 days until the election some 60 million people are expected to tune in. former republican candidate rick santorum knows what it's like to go against mitt romney in a debate. we'll talk to him straight ahead, as well as the president's deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter. >>> also ahead, we brought you his incredible story last week, a man looking for a second chance to fulfill his dream after he suffered a debilitating injury in his one and only at-bat in the major leagues. last night, seven years later, adam greenberg finally got that chance. we'll show you how he did and talk to him about the big moment the morning after. >>> a bit later, you think politics can get
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Oct 4, 2012 12:35am PDT
and applause ] >> teresa, calm down! your mother's a liar! >> jimmy: all right. [ laughter ] what's going on? listen to this, you guys. nasa is warning that solar radiation could cause tv outages over the next week. or as mitt romney put it, "please happen during the debate. please happen during the debate. please." [ laughter ] [ as romney ] i'll tell you what i think of -- the sun is coming out, huh? this is interesting. a new study found that nice people are more likely to live longer than people with bad attitudes. [ cheers ] or as people with bad attitudes put it, whatever. [ laughter ] i heard that costco is recalling its smoked salmon because of a possible salmonella contamination. yeah, their salmon has salmonella. [ laughter ] something tell me i don't want to know what their crabs have. i just don't want -- [ laughter ] but on the bright side, since it is costco, customers get a lot of salmonella for their money. they really do, if you think about it. finally guys, an 84-year-old woman in maine, she's fine. she's doing fine after she accidentally drove her car into the ocean. [ lig
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Oct 5, 2012 4:00am PDT
're going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something that's just completely wrong. i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> president obama campaigned in wisconsin and sharply criticized romney's statements during the debate on tax cuts, education and outsourcing as misleading to the middle class, and the president had this to say about his opponent's plan for reducing the deficit. >> i just want to make sure i got this straight. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street but he's going to crack down on sesame street. thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird. who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits. elmo's got to watch out. >> and vice president joe biden was campaigning in iowa saying that mitt romney flip-flopped on his own tax cut plan that was the centerpiece of the gop campaign and biden challenged the republicans on the tax issue. >> you know the phrase he always uses, obama and biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. guess what, yes, we do, in one regard, we want to le
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Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
lineup of cases that could change the landscape of civil rights in america. frances coe, nbc news. >>> a little more than a month away from decision 2012 and this week the presidential debates begin. president obama and mitt romney both preparing for their first debate in denver wednesday night. republicans are calling for more pressure on the president's foreign policy. in today's "wall street journal" romney calls mr. obama's policies dangerous. both sides are downplaying expectations, giving credit to each other as strong debaters. >> obama is going to be formidable and ike it will be a good debate but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> both sides are already planning their post debate rallies. romney is in virginia with paul ryan on thursday. president obama is staying in colorado. >> wednesday night big one, number one. >> thursday morning will be big here. >> a lot to talk about. >>> a bay
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Oct 1, 2012 5:00am PDT
. romney is in virginia with paul ryan on thursday. president obama will be staying in colorado. >>> 5:43 right now. let's talk a little bit of baseball. long time coming. a's fans waiting a very long time for this, a shot at the postseason. >> exciting. the last time oakland was playing in the postseason was back in 2006. >> i remember. >> christey smi ie smith is liv oakland. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, jon and laura. you know, there is a t-shirt hanging up front in the team store here in oakland that says oakland a's feeling lucky and that's certainly how the fans are feeling this morning and the team, well, they're playing exceptionally well. you really can't fault them. and what's happening tonight is huge. they could clinch a playoff berth tonight. all eyes on the coliseum over the next three days. fans went absolutely wild with the 5-2 win over seattle before a crowd of 21,000 people here at the coliseum. they can clinch a wild card spot in beating texas once or by having tampa bay and the los angeles angels lose once. that would be, as you said, the first pl
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
the facade of being a politician. all right. the president really basically just has to maintain his cool demeanor. they're both not going to say anything startling, you heard it all before if you pay attention. but it's the way that romney presents himself. it's like ronald reagan against jimmy carter. reagan was behind in the -- when he started to debate carter but he made carter almost look small. reagan was larger than life, he came across as authoritative yet accessible. if i were romney i'd be watching those reagan tapes. >> the word on the street is he has been doing a ton of preparation but also looking for zingers. things to kind of one-liners to nail the president with. do you think that's a good idea? >> look, i'm doing a debate with john stewart on saturday in washington and i'm sure stewart's going to have zingers all over the place. you come in with zingers you sound stupid. they have to just occur to you. so if stewart says something dumb which is almost a given i'm going to pop him. all right. but i don't know how. and so romney's got to have enough confidence in his intel
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Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
of the country. 40% say we're on the right track. that 40% is not a great number, but it's actually the highest number we've recorded in three and a half years. let's move to the head-to-head with mitt romney. this is where the race has tightened a bit. the president's number is steady at 49. mitt romney has picked up a couple in the last couple weeks, sits at 46. what's helping him? republican voters more enthusiastic, they make it through the likely voter screen. it's been a couple tough weeks for mitt romney. that 47% mark has left a mark, if you will. when we asked, is there anything you've heard in the last few weeks that made you more favorable or less favorable on mitt romney, 51% said what they've heard has made them less favorable. that said, the president has a couple things not going for him on the issue of libya and egypt. more people disapprove of how he's handled the situation than approve. but the overarching theme here, brian, and why is the president in a commanding small lead? 57% tell us the economy is in recovery. highest number we've recorded on that question. >> chuck todd
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
what mitt did to me. it also warns that romney will end bert and ernie's right to a civil union. the debate was the most tweeted about event in u.s. political history. >>> former saved by the bell star is suffering from bipolar disorder. "people" interviewed the women after lark's appearance on tv last spring had fans wondering about her drastic new look. "people" said she did talk about voices in her head and explained long pauses in her answers as moments of prayer. >>> and a cleveland school bus driver was fed up with one woman he said repeatedly drove on the sidewalk to go on his bus when he stopped to pick up a disabled child. so he had police set up a sting. >> all right. justice has been served. >> well, the driver pleaded not guilty tuesday to reckless operation and failing to stop for a school bus. that will teach him. it's 8:06. let's go over to al with a check of your weather. >> guess he doesn't know about the video. >> i guess not. >> thanks, nat. let's see what we've got for you as far as today's weather is concerned. we are looking at our pick city of the day. it
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Oct 5, 2012 7:00am PDT
. >> mitt romney put out a statement right away saying this is not what a real recovery looks like. he noted manufacturing job losses last month. is this taking direct aim at the midwest battleground states? >> it is. you notice the republican press releases and mitt romney's, they had to delete one line that had been a staple. the president promised unemployment below 8%, unemployment hasn't been below 8% since da da da da da. that line did get deleted. that's why the psychological barrier is important. when it comes to manufacturing, mitt romney has a new tv ad this morning, direct to camera, talking to ohio voters about we need to jump start manufacturing. they see that's their way back if they're going to make a come back in ohio and to a lesser extent wisconsin. >> you mention the debate the other night. the president's advisers say adjustments have to be made. how do they explain what happened? >> they're struggling to explain what happened. i spoke with david plouffe a few minutes ago. he said we have to come up with a new tactic, we didn't expect mitt romney to do what he did, which
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Sep 30, 2012 11:00pm PDT
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
after. romney and ryan, a joint appearance in virginia. president obama will remain in colorado and he'll also be in wisconsin on thursday. >> all right, tracie potts, thank you. >>> laying down the law. today the supreme court kicks off its new term with a slate of crucial and controversial decisions in the works. on the docket, affirmative action and consideration for race in college admissions. voting rights as well as deciding whether to require federal oversight of states with ray history of voting discrimination. the nine supreme court justices will also consider a variety of challenges to the defense of marriage act. the law states the federal government will only recognize traditional marriages. that means no federal benefits, even where same-sex marriage is considered legal. >> couples are denied hundreds of different rights and benefits that are provided to married different sex couples under federal law. >> last term's supreme court decisions paved the way for the affordable care act as well as parts of arizona's new immigration law. >>> young undocumented immigrants will so
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
can do for you, let us know. but you'll keep it to yogurt, right? 'cause we shouldn't really help with your love life. yoplait. it is so good! >>> now to decision 2012 and the presidential debate that many are saying is reviving the romney campaign. this morning the reviews are in and by most accounts president obama's republican rival held his own and then some. the pressure was on mitt romney, who needed a turn-around last night. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator jim lehre rechlt asked can you put more people to work? romney says he would cut taxes and regulations on small businesses. a proposal the president claims would help the rich at others' expense. >> the average middle class family with children would pay about $2,000 more. >> virtually everything he said is inaccurate. >> it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loophole that say only affect high-income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's
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Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
that doesn't come out right. in this case, i said something that's just completely wrong. >> reporter: mitt romney has campaign events this week in florida, but around those events he'll be joined by senator rob portman, the one that plays president obama in the debate camp practice sessions. mitt romney is getting ready for the next session, next debate, hoping his mum carries over next week. >> john harwood is cnbc's chief washington correspondent. thanks for being here. i don't know if it's possible to strip politics away from these new unemployment numbers, but if you can, explain, does the president get credit for these numbers coming down, and how real are they? >> well, the president gets credit or blame for whatever the economic conditions are on his watch. these are numbers that are better than they've been, but they're still not good numbers. 7.8% is a high unemployment rate. we've got an economy that's not growing very fast. but it's certainly good news for the president to be able to say that 7.8%, the rate when i took office, we're back down there again. but i think people make
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Oct 1, 2012 7:00am PDT
to the debates, as your husband went through 3 or 400 i think during the primary, something like that, right? >> i was at all of them. >> how do you handicap this one? >> well, i think governor romney needs to do very well. this is a very close race. and i think he needs to make the choice obvious to americans. he needs to tell us what he's going to do to create more jobs and create economic recovery. this is a very important evening for him. >> is his back against the wall? is there a sense he's behind and this is sort of his last moment? >> i think he's got a lot of support throughout the country and very good debater and i anticipate he'll do very well. and if he is as assertive and direct as he was with newt in florida, he'll be just fine. >> probably good advice. again, the book is called "land of the pilgrim's pride." callista gingrich, thank you very much. >>> andim could go coming up next, what is your mommy iq? a quiz from rosie cope. but first, this is "today" on nbc. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i need your help... i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but s
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